Nehemaih 5 Part 2–Hold on Loosely

Nehemiah was incensed when he learned that the people were taking advantage of each other.  He immediately set out to make things right.  He made sure that the nobles no longer cheated and extorted those less fortunate.  Then he took it a few steps farther.  He stopped eating like a noble.  He ate a normal diet and carried on like a normal citizen.  What’s more, he fed a large number of those less fortunate than him at his table for years.  He knew that sharing what he had was a critical part of his life.  God had given him the vision and the passion to lead Israel back to being a nation.  He needed to be a servant leader, and so he was.
 
In our lives, we have to remain aware that God is in charge of our lives.  He leads us to places where we need to give back and share what we have and what we have learned.  We can never hold on so tightly to stuff that really is not ours anyway.  God will never be outgiven, or outserved.  If we will trust the Lord, He will always protect and provide amply to meet our needs.  The trick is to trust Him–even when it seems like we are all alone in the effort! 
 
God Bless You

 Give back to them immediately their fields, vineyards, olive groves and houses, and also the interest you are charging them—one percent of the money, grain, new wine and olive oil.”

12 “We will give it back,” they said. “And we will not demand anything more from them. We will do as you say.”

Then I summoned the priests and made the nobles and officials take an oath to do what they had promised. 13 I also shook out the folds of my robe and said, “In this way may God shake out of their house and possessions anyone who does not keep this promise. So may such a person be shaken out and emptied!”

At this the whole assembly said, “Amen,” and praised the Lord. And the people did as they had promised.

14 Moreover, from the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, until his thirty-second year—twelve years—neither I nor my brothers ate the food allotted to the governor. 15 But the earlier governors—those preceding me—placed a heavy burden on the people and took forty shekels[a] of silver from them in addition to food and wine. Their assistants also lorded it over the people. But out of reverence for God I did not act like that. 16 Instead, I devoted myself to the work on this wall. All my men were assembled there for the work; we[b] did not acquire any land.

17 Furthermore, a hundred and fifty Jews and officials ate at my table, as well as those who came to us from the surrounding nations. 18 Each day one ox, six choice sheep and some poultry were prepared for me, and every ten days an abundant supply of wine of all kinds. In spite of all this, I never demanded the food allotted to the governor, because the demands were heavy on these people.

19 Remember me with favor, my God, for all I have done for these people.

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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